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Relaxing day at the Grand Wailea

Today (Tuesday) was the first day since Saturday when we arrived in Maui, that we didn’t venture out by car for island sightseeing.  Since Maui is such a large island, and to fully appreciate it, a rental car is highly recommended, actually a given.  Coming off of two full days of island sightseeing, it was nice to have a ‘pool day.  We are staying at magnificent Waldorf Grand Wailea, and until now haven’t even been in any of the pools we’ve been so busy. IMG_5902

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Starting with a late 10am breakfast brunch at the Four Seasons Resort next door, we had such a full breakfast it lasted us thru the day until our 7pm dinner!  The Four Seasons is a short walk along the oceanfront pathway from the Grand Wailea, offering stunning views along the way.IMG_6220

DOS had told me before we even left home in Orlando that we had to have breakfast at the Four Seasons, as he had such fond memories of it years before when he was flying to Hawaii regularly for American.  IMG_6215The multi-sectional buffet had plenty of fresh fruits, breads, hot items (the crisp bacon was huge and delicious), and even sausage sliders.  Paired with the tropical guava juice they served and a pool-side/ocean view setting it was truly a breakfast in paradise!

 

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After our late breakfast we got our exercise by walking on the oceanfront pathway between the different resorts and residences.  We walked back from the Fours Seasons and continued on past our hotel, the Grand Wailea shown below), IMG_6227towards the Marriott and Andaz resorts.

 

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t’s fun to walk by and browse thru the different resorts, as each one has it’s own character to it, and you can make later recommendations to friends and acquaintances based on your feedback and their likes and dislikes.

The Marriott, for example was a low rise complex of buildings spread out along a rocky oceanfront section of land, offering spectacular views.

IMG_6715While there wasn’t a sandy beach there due to the rocky coastline, the public beaches of Wailea (such as the one in front of the Grand Wailea) are just a few steps away. (In Hawaii, all of the beaches are considered public).  The Marriott has a sprawling complex and like the Grand Wailea and other resorts is using the off season to remodel some of its rooms. IMG_6731 IMG_6721

One whole section of the resort was closed for renovation, but the pool and other facilities remained open.  The pool and many other areas looked out to the ocean, although the beach was further down to the left of the hotel due to the rocky coastline here.

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We continued walking past the Marriott, and some private deluxe accommodations, condos and/or timeshares, followed by a public beach access area.  Next up was the beautiful Andaz resort, Maui.  While I actually preferred the low-rise building look of the Marriott compared to the high rise building look of the Andaz, the Andaz was hands-down a classier choice.  Like the Four Seasons resorts, it exuded a refined elegance, although the Andaz appeared to be a more trendy type elegance, similar to the one we stayed at Labor Day weekend in Napa Valley.  IMG_6307The Andaz had a multi-layer pool design which was quite classy, with each level terraced with lounge chairs, all overlooking the Pacific Ocean. IMG_6306

We walked up to the lobby and relaxed for a bit in the chairs overlooking the pool and beach area.  We are already booked for next year at the Andaz in Kauai, and really like this chic new chain of the Hyatt brand hotels.IMG_6303 IMG_6305IMG_6304

 

After relaxing a bit at the Andaz, we walked backed to the Waldorf Grand Wailea Resort where we are staying, and took a few photos of ‘our’ property here.  IMG_6265 IMG_6229 IMG_6260IMG_6237IMG_6270

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We also got a photo with Rose, who delightfully greets guests as they arrive with a lei and a warm Aloha smile.  While we both got leis upon arrival, I asked her about the ‘bead type’ leis I had seen men wearing, and she gave us each one as well as took a photo of and a selfie with us.  (I think when we checked in late at night they were out of the bead-type leis as we both got the flower leis which were beautiful.)
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Later in the afternoon was a lazy day by the pool.  The pool complex at the Grand Wailea is massive, with an adults only pool, and a mammoth meandering pool that has slides

IMG_6678and even a swim up bar with stools and big screen TV’s which was airing the World Series to cheers of Cubs fans.IMG_6679

We later had a nice dinner at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, which is next door to the hotel in the upscale shopping center.  We had a nice waitress who had actually studied at the University of Central Florida (UCF) which is near our home in Orlando!  We had another wonderful dinner paired with a nice bottle of Caymus Cabernet.  The unusual appetizers we shared: pulled-pork quesadillas, and coconut crusted we both delicious!

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After a full dinner, and a long lazy day, we headed back to the hotel.

‘Twas yet another fun and relaxing day in paradise!

 

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